WORDLESS WEDNESDAY:

.transmutations. –  Alli Woods Frederick (2014)

 

 

transmutations

…leaving the ghosts we’ve made behind…

 

 

 

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Performing A Miracle

 
 
 

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Make It Stop

 

 

 

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my heart shall not pass through…

 

 

 

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…she was born to be the woman you would know…

 

 

 

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Pray you, love, remember.  And there is pansies, that’s for thoughts.

 

 

 

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ashes. ashes. we all fall down.

 

 

 

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Rites of Passage No 2

 

 

 

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promise what you will

 

 

 

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The Fickle Finger of Fate

 

 

 

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all us servants beg the master

 

 

Kisses & Chaos,
Alli Woods Frederick

 

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Is It The Beginning Or The End

 

 

LIFE and its endless cycles… Sunrise.  Sunset.  High tide.  Low tide.  Summer.  Spring.  Winter.  Fall.  Everything is a cycle of beginnings and endings.  Seriously.  Every.  Single.  F’ing.  Thing. Nothing and no one is immune to this cycle, not even the team at Sterling Cooper…and the cycle can become a confusing and frustrating one at that, as they’re beginning to discover.

 
 

Is It The Beginning Or The End


 
 

This final season of the series is certainly excelling at choosing an overarching theme for each episode and driving it home and last night’s episode “Time & Life” was no exception.  There are so many starts and stops and beginnings and endings between so many of the characters that it would be impossible to list them all.

From Roger’s new affair with Don’s ex-mother-in-law to Don’s short-lived romance to the emotionally fragile waitress on the edge of oblivion and McCann-Erickson’s shocking absorption of Sterling Cooper (not to mention the possible beginning of a new level of friendship between Stan and Peggy – am I the only one who has been waiting forever for the two of them to just get together? Sheesh! Come on already!) everything appears to be unraveling at the seams on one end while being knitted into a new life on the other.

 
 

BUT APPEARANCES CAN BE DECEIVING…

Is It The Beginning Or The End


 
 

We’ve all had our shares of false starts in life – misplaced hope in futures that never came to pass; trusted the wrong people; chased the wrong dreams; settled for something less than we deserve because we didn’t know what else to do.  Doors have closed while others have opened onto something we prayed would be better but is often just trading one set of problems for another.  And this is precisely where everyone at Sterling Cooper finds themselves at the close of the episode, though no one is quite sure which it is they’re experiencing…

 
 

IS IT THE BEGINNING OR THE END?

Is It The Beginning Or The End


 
 

Not even the near magical hypnotically persuasive powers of the silver tongued Don Draper are capable of guiding the staff into a feeling of excitement and security about the looming inevitable changes…perhaps because he himself doesn’t buy the tagline he’s selling…nor should he.

Personally, I both love and hate that they are trotting out this storyline with only two episodes left.  While my obsessive compulsive side wants the series to end with a neat and tidy bow wrapped around it as it is firmly presented as ‘The End,’ the storyteller in me loves that it appears, at least as of this  moment, that our ending will not be neat.  It will not be tidy.  It will end with a beginning which leaves the future of every character wide open for any and every possibility once they take leave from our shared journey.

While this is, without question, the end…I believe it is only the beginning, not just for the soon to be defunct Sterling Cooper, but for the characters who are being presented with the rare opportunity to change their lives and make them the lives they’ve always wanted…the lives of which they’ve dreamed.

 
 

AND ISN’T THAT WHAT WE ALL WANT FROM LIFE?

Is It The Beginning Or The End


 

“You are okay.”
-Roger Sterling

 
 

We suffer and wade, blind and scared through our uncertain endings because we hope, sometimes in the face of overwhelming odds, that the next beginning will be the one that sets us free, allowing our hearts to burst with happiness and our souls to find the peace and contentment we all crave from cradle to grave. So here’s to beginnings. Join me in a “F*ck yeah!”

 
 

Kisses & Chaos,
Alli Woods Frederick

 
 

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Come And Get It

 
 

AS some of you know my work is featured in the Spring 2015 issue of Stampington & Company’s Somerset Digital Studio.  If they sound familiar they’re the same company that publishes Artful Blogging, where my article ‘Foreign Waters’ (about my divorce and the art of balance and boundaries in blogging) was featured in their Summer 2014 issue.

I am super-excited to be featured because it provides me the opportunity to share my editing process with everyone.  I actually walk you through the steps of how my piece ‘Fickle Finger of Fate’ was created so you can bust out Photoshop (or GIMP, which is a free editing software that is comparable) and apply the techniques to your own images.  And I’m not alone…

 
 

Come And Get It


 
 

The magazine is overflowing with tons of highly creative artists who are sharing their creative process with the world.  Somerset Digital Studio encourages creativity and for people to play, experiment and grow in ways they may not have considered.

 

YOU LEARN THERE IS NO WRONG WAY TO CREATE.

 

Everyone does things differently and that’s okay.  There are no rights or wrongs in creativity, only learning and growing.

 
 

STAMPINGTON & COMPANY WANTS YOU TO HAVE A COPY OF SOMERSET DIGITAL
STUDIO ON THE HOUSE!

Come And Get It


 
 

Stampington & Company has been kind enough to give me a copy of the current Spring 2015 issue to give to one of my lucky readers!  And just to put some extra icing on that awesome cake I’ll be throwing in some surprise bonus goodies just for you!

 

WHAT ARE THE SURPRISE BONUS GOODIES?

Well, if I told you then they wouldn’t be a surprise, now would they?  It’s good to have some mysteries in this life.

 
 

COME AND GET IT!

HOW TO ENTER

It’s easy.  Just do one or all of the entry options in the form below.  That’s it!  Pretty damn simple, eh? Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

CONTEST ENDS FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2015 AT MIDNIGHT, CST. WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON KISSESANDCHAOS.COM LATER THAT DAY.

 
 

Kisses & Chaos,
Alli Woods Frederick

 
 

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WORDLESS WEDNESDAY:

THE POWERFUL PORTRAITS OF SHELLY MOSMAN


Powerful Portraits


 
 

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Powerful Portraits


 
 

Kisses & Chaos,
Alli Woods Frederick

 
 

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Find Your Place In This World

* MAD MEN MONDAY ALWAYS HAS AND ALWAYS WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS AND IS MADE IN A FACTORY WHERE NUTS ARE PROCESSED.  READ AT YOUR OWN RISK.  *

 

Find Your Place In This World

 
 

BELONGING.  Belonging was the theme in last night’s episode of Mad Men, ‘The Forecast.’  It was all about finding your place in this world; it was about being lost but wanting to be found; it was about finding something more in life; it was all about trying to belong…to yourself.

The ever inept Mathis, after a massive screw up in front of a client, comes to Don seeking guidance.  The man’s clueless as to who he really is or what his place is in the agency (as is evidenced by his incessant neediness and approval seeking behavior).

Instead of finding his own clever way to handle the debacle (as suggested  by Don) he tries to be Don and imitate his charm and wit (neither of which he possesses)…and fails miserably.  Instead of taking ownership of his f*ck up and coming that much closer to discovering where he belongs in his world, he opts to lay the blame squarely at Don’s feet as a final show of cowardice.

Glen tries to find his place in college, but doesn’t succeed.  He then tries, once again, to fit his square peg in a round hole by enlisting for the war.  (A decision I believe will be his undoing, shattering Sally’s brave little heart; a decision that will prove to be a pivotal moment, casting the die for her entire future.   As someone’s who’s emotionally invested in the characters, I hope I’m wrong.  As an artist who understands the journey is everything, that some stories have no choice but to unfold in painful ways or else lose their meaning, I hope I’m right.)

 
 

Find Your Place In This World


 
 

As Sally embarks on a summer adventure with friends, she isn’t sure where she belongs or what she wants from life, but watching the selfish and inappropriate actions of her father and mother she knows one thing for certain:  She sure as hell doesn’t want to be like them.

 

SOMETIMES KNOWING WHAT YOU DON’T WANT IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN KNOWING WHAT YOU DO.

 

Peggy defines her life by her work, seeming to have given up and refusing to find or acknowledge what her place is outside the office.  Don, who sees so much of himself in Peggy, knows that if she continues down this path, it will lead her to a life half lived, lonely and full of regrets.  He tries to help her realize the mistake she’s making, and though she knows he’s right, she conceals her fear within her anger and rejects his guidance.

Joan, who spent the entire series trying to get out of the misogynistic box in which she’d been trapped, has, by her standards, made it…for the most part.  She has money.  She has clout.  She has exactly what she thought she wanted.  She also has no one to love her and feels she is failing her son.  Behind closed doors Joan silently doubts, flails and flounders as she tries to find her place as a mother, a lover and a successful executive.

Even the great Don Draper struggles to figure out where he truly belongs.  While this is nothing new, his current rock bottom feels different than his numerous others – more somber, more lost, more yearning.

As he muses into his Dictaphone, he knows things aren’t right but he has no idea how to fix them:

 

“…we know where we’ve been, where we are…(let’s assume it’s good)…but it’s got to get better.  It’s supposed to get better…”

 

And then, in a moment of accidental insight, Don’s realtor unwittingly tells him what he’s known but hasn’t expressed:  he’s lost, literally and metaphorically without a home…as are so many of us who are looking for something more than mere existence.  Searching.  Wandering.  Simply trying to find where you really belong and wondering if you ever truly will…

 
 

FIND YOUR PLACE IN THIS WORLD

Find Your Place In This World


 
 

I know I’m still searching.  I know who I am.  I know many of the reasons why I’m here.  I know those reasons will evolve with time and that I haven’t discovered all of them yet.  But I am still wandering.  I’m still trying to find where I fit in the grand scheme of things; trying to find my place in this world while being not entirely convinced that I have one.  Only time will tell…for me and for Don and the rest of The Tribe of Lost Ad Men.

What about you?  Is there something missing from you life?  Is there something that you just can’t put your finger on but you’re sure you’ll know it when you find it?  Have you found your place?  Have you even started looking?  Maybe we’ll see each other along the way in our journeys…

 
 

Kisses & Chaos,
Alli Woods Frederick

 
 

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